Louie Miranda, a leading figure in early childhood education and family entertainment, will release two new CDs on February 28th. The jazz-infused 'Yellow Checker Taxi Jazz Guitar' and the Latin-influenced 'Fiesta Latina' each showcase Louie's distinctive brand of 'Informational Music', which teaches as it entertains. Featuring bilingual lyrics and themes of empowerment, the songs aim to inspire children to believe in themselves and to engage in their environments. This is not passive entertainment -- it's music families can grow with. Louie's new compositions are incredibly rich, drawing upon such eclectic influences as Jim Morrison, John Denver, Paul Simon, George Benson, Genesis, Rudy Valley, Neil Diamond, Eagles, Swingle Singers, Asleep At The Wheel and more. He aims to have an impact on the way people perceive children's music --young listeners can handle more sophisticated harmonic textures than generally thought of, allowing for the integration of minor and dissonant sounds. This structure, in turn, evokes a wider range of emotions for the child. One listen is all it takes to realize these albums deliver a truly sophisticated collection of songs. And for the guitar enthusiast, there are many surprises in store, as Louie uses a variety of guitars to add dimension and color throughout the tracks. As an accomplished musician, educator, singer and writer, Louie has cemented his reputation as a respected and beloved performer who creates music for people of all ages. In fact, BIG APPLE PARENT Magazine just praised him as a 'Local Hero...' who is 'Genuinely Devoted to Teaching and Entertaining Children.' He encourages families to discuss his songs, some of which address environmental or social issues. By inspiring parents and children to interact, he hopes to make music a more complex part of their every day lives. Both 'Yellow Checker Taxi Jazz Guitar' and 'Fiesta Latina' include a blend of original songs and hip, new versions of traditional tunes. The CDs feature original album art by Louie Miranda, and showcase Louie's long-time group, SUBANDA: Gaku Takanashi-Upright & Electric Bass; Damon Banks-Electric Bass; Gilad-Percussion; John Hadfield-Percussion; Jeff Haynes-Percussion. FIESTA LATINA Guantanamera: New lyrics emphasizing a vision of peace highlight Louie's version of an old Cuban classic, on which he brings out his cuatro to play a traditional solo. Influenced by Buena Vista Social Club and Ruben Blades. Chocolate: Sure to be a new Louie classic! This winning track was improvised on the spot for a segment with NBC-TV's Joe Moreno at a Long Island Children's Museum Benefit. A delicious, bilingual rhythmic concoction to dance to. The Counting Song: Inspired by Paul Simon's 'Graceland'. Learn to count in Spanish, set to an Afro-Latin rhythm. Maria: Intended to promote literacy and inspire discussion. Influenced by Strunz & Farah. A new twist on an old favorite ('Mary Had a Little Lamb'). Coqui: Written in Spanglish, listeners are likely to understand all the words to this fantastical story of the little Puerto Rican frog known as el coqui. The Afro-Cuban rhythm in this song was influenced by Genesis' 'Home By the Sea' and Eagles' 'Hotel California'. La Bamba: Afro-Mexican rhythms dominate this new and exciting version of a traditional Mexican folk song. La La La Tango: Initially inspired by Jim Morrison's vocal style, Louie ultimately channeled the essence of Neil Diamond's distinctive sound. Also influenced by the Latin-American Film 'Tango'. Bubbles: A standard in Louie's classes and concerts...who doesn't like Bubbles!? Take Me to the Nearest Rainbow: Written for the Children's Museum of Manhattan's Spring Benefit. This hopeful, inclusive song has become a favorite at Louie concerts. Influenced by John Denver and The Beatles. Dreams of a Little Bug: Driven by his Latin roots, ambition, hope and good intensions, this little bug is determined to have a positive impact on the world around him. Mama Juana: Written as a tribute to Louie's grandmother, who influenced his own mother, who in turn inspired him to sing, dance and make music! Inspired by the Puerto Rican and Dominican rhythms Louie grew up with. Brilla, Brilla: Literally translated into Spanish, this song features beautiful harmonies and musical surprises, including Gaku counting in Japanese! Baila: Invites us all to get up and dance to the rhythm of the Tumbau. Inspired by Buena Vista Social Club as well as the sound of Marc Anthony's early recordings.